Core Studio II/2014.5
The nature of bitcoin being easily fluctuating undermines our confidence for it becoming the reliable currency of the future. As the result, the bitcoin business is rooted in investors’ desire for making profits. Also, since bitcoin mining requires extremely high power demand and generates much heat, it seems counter-intuitive to have its server farm located in such a highly active urban context in Brooklyn Tech Triangle.
The only way its physical presence in an urban setting is to be justified with opportunistic assumptions for its architectural gestures and its program --- in both environmental and symbolic interests. As the counterpart of the regular bank program, the bitcoin gambling/mining colony is envisioned as a fight-club. The only rules for it: do not talk about it. Its whole presence and management should be kept in secret and camouflaged behind a regular, legitimate bank to ensure the safety of bitcoin assets.
The duality of mass and void, solid and transparent, ubiquitous and strange, undercover and exposed, etc. is, after all, under the same pursuit of profit. On the other hand, the structural-mechanical intelligence of the mass-void structural system allows for venting out the heat generated by the servers to the outside. The bitcoin bank takes its full stance of being an object that celebrates greed. Besides server farm with mining facilities, the bitcoin bank also hosts additional programs for gambling, bitcoin bidding and safe-deposits. Essentially, this architecture for bitcoin will declare a new gold-rush of our time.